Sir Nick Faldo plans to retire after 16 years in the stand with CBS Sports and Golf Channel.
The 64-year-old broadcaster shared the news in a signed letter he posted on Twitter Tuesday – revealing his last day on the stand will be August 7 for the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Trevor Immelman – a South African who won the Masters in 2008 – will replace Faldo next year alongside Jim Nantz, according to Sports Business Journal.
In a farewell letter, Faldo said he previously told CBS sports president Sean McManus of his intention to step down during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am in February. McManus expected the six-time Major winner to stay with the network.
“Since Nick is in the last year of his contract, I thought we were going to talk about a new contract,” McManus told SBJ. “Nick, along with his wife Lindsay, said he wanted to retire.”
Faldo expressed his desire to reduce his travel time to focus on his businesses and other partnerships, some of which have yet to be announced. The six-time major champion cited his partnership with Black Bull Scotch Whisky, the Faldo Design firm and the Faldo series as reasons for stepping away from full-time broadcasting.
Faldo went on to mention his close relationship with his wife Lindsay, who he says helped shape his decision to retire. The couple moved to Montana with their three dogs and various animals to their new farm, which is currently under construction.
“Once it’s finished and the dust settles, our wish and hope is that life at Faldo Farm includes a future filled with visits from my children, grandchildren, Lindsay’s family and all of our friends,” wrote Faldo. “As for me, I hope to be found on the East Gallatin River often, with a rod, waiters and the local trout.”
Faldo was last seen in CBS’ 18th round at the RBC Canadian Open, which took place earlier this month ahead of the US Open. He will be on telecast this week at the Travelers Championship.
Immelman, who joined the CBS Golf Broadcast in 2019, has signed a multi-year deal that will kick off with the Farmers Insurance Open next January. He was a senior analyst for Golf Channel and an analyst for Turner Sports during “The Match”.
McManus described Immelman as a hard worker with a good sense of humor, whose skills will translate well on air.
“The name that came up all the time was Trevor Immelman,” McManus said. “Trevor is a great team player. The game is becoming more and more international and he has an international pedigree. Listening to his work on the Masters, he just became the most logical and best choice.